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couples enjoy economic benefits in areas of taxes, estate planning, employment, medicine, dealt, housing, not to mention social es schemteem. what if your family is a same-sex union. they only have marriage rights in nine states in washington, d.c. that leaves family in 41 states without access to the economic benefits of marriage. why this narrow focus on marriage at all. since 1970, marriage rates have dropped more than 15%. divorce rates have climbed. fewer people who can marry are choosing to do so. more people who do marry are choosing to exit. last year, the number of unmarried people in the united states was 44%, including single parents, people with partners, those who are widows and people happily choosing single life. being unmarried does not mean you are without family. law is often blind to these families. to those where kids being raised around the biological offspring of a married couple. what if your kids are really your neighbors or your nephews or your grandkids. narrow definitions of family can make everything from student loans to doctor visits that much harder. it can
of the conversation, it's really a conversation about taxes and spending as if that's what's making the american people have less and less take home pay. as if that's making a third of all the jobs in the country below wage jobs. i really think that the more that we can have a conversation about the employer role, it takes business, it takes government, it takes individuals to sort of create a contract in the country. employees simply walked away from that bargain. we have not had accountability at all. >> we're with demos. you tried to quantify and move the focus to employers in part by telling whaus would happen if this employer behaved in a different way. what's the take away point from the study sm. >> we wanted to ask the question, we know that the government could do a lot more to put people back to work. couldn't private sector do more? we looked at the retail industry at large. we took the largest retailers as a whole, the big chain stores and said, okay, approximate they lifted the wage floor for the most underpaid workers to $25,000 a year, what would be the economic impacts. we found
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